Cover Crops: Establishment

Cover Crops: Establishment

Cover Crops: Establishment

Timely establishment of cover crops in the late summer and early fall is one of the most critical factors in having success with them.

Comparison of Cover Crop Establishment Methods


This research report from Practical Farmers of Iowa presents data about a cover of hairy vetch, tillage radish and rapeseed established in strips by both aerial seeding into standing soybeans and drilling after soybean harvest.

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Using Manually Operated Seeders for Precision Cover Crop Plantings on the Small Farm


This information sheet describes research in Virginia on using inexpensive, manually operated seeders to establish consistent cover crop stands.

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Innovative Ways to Seed Cover Crops


This session featured a panel of farmers talking about their experiences with a variety of approaches to seeding and establishing cover crops. 

Cover Crops Seed Selection and Planting


Whether you are new to cover crops or an advanced user, hear from two experts on how they chose and seed their cover crops.

Cover Crops in Organic Systems


These documents provide an overview of how the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service NRCS Cover Crop 340 conservation practice can be implemented on organic operations. Specific reports include Western Region, California, Idaho, and Oregon.

Also, visit SARE's database for reports on these research projects:

Dig deeper into cover crops research: SARE has funded hundreds of research and education projects related to cover crops since 1988. This topic room features only a glimpse into SARE's entire portfolio of cover crop research. To discover more, visit SARE's database of projects and conduct full text or advanced keyword searches.

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Format: Topic Rooms
Year: 2015
Location: North Central | Northeast | South | West

Farmers Say Cover Crops Work

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From increasing yield to improving soil health, find out why farmers use cover crops. For four years, SARE and partner organizations have conducted a national survey of farmers on their experiences with cover crops.

2012-2013 Survey: Summary and report (PDF)

2013-2014 Survey: Summary and report (PDF)

2014-2015 Survey: Summary and report (PDF)

2015-2016 Survey: Summary and report (PDF)

2016-2017 Survey: Summary and report (PDF)

Building Soils for Better Crops, 3rd Edition

Type: Book

Building Soils for Better Crops is a one-of-a-kind, practical guide to ecological soil management, now expanded and in full color.

Published: 2010
Pages: 294

Online Version: Free

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Cover Crop Innovators Series

Watch short videos of innovative farmers from across the country describing how they have successfully added cover crops to their cash crop rotations. Learn more.